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Fired Up! Missouri - ShowMe Better Courts http://www.firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/810/0 en ShowMe Better Courts & Realtors Fall Short http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/showme-better-courts-realtors-fall-short <p><img align="right" style="display: inline; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px;" alt="" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4857861588_a6b36435b3_m.jpg" />Update: &quot;Vote Yes To Stop Double Taxation&quot; says they will sue to contest the signature county by local election authorities and the SOS. Their release is below the break.</p> <p>Initiative petitions from the <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/category/topics/showme-better-courts"><strong>ShowMe Better Courts</strong></a> and the <a href="http://www.yestosavehomes.com/"><strong>Vote Yes To Stop Double Taxation</strong></a> committees will not be on the fall ballot because they failed to collect enough valid signatures, the Secretary of State's office <a href="http://sos.mo.gov/news.asp?id=924" target="_blank">announced</a> this afternoon.</p> <p>I suspect this won't be the last we hear about the failed campaigns of&nbsp; <strong>James Harris</strong> and <strong>David Barklage</strong>.&nbsp; Harris was paid more <a href="http://www.mec.mo.gov/EthicsWeb/CampaignFinance/CF_SearchResults.aspx?Year=2010&amp;Report=0&amp;Type=2&amp;CD1Type=All&amp;CD3Type=All&amp;Name=Harris&amp;City=&amp;EmpOcc=&amp;AmtBeg=&amp;AmtEnd=&amp;MECID=&amp;ComName=Showme" target="_blank">than $44,000</a> by ShowMe Better Courts to run their campaign, and Barklage's Strategic Communications Group collected <a href="http://www.mec.mo.gov/EthicsWeb/CampaignFinance/CF_SearchResults.aspx?Year=2010&amp;Report=0&amp;Type=2&amp;CD1Type=All&amp;CD3Type=All&amp;Name=Strategic%20&amp;City=&amp;EmpOcc=&amp;AmtBeg=&amp;AmtEnd=&amp;MECID=&amp;ComName=vote%20yes" target="_blank">more than $200,000</a> from the Realtors-backed &quot;Vote Yes To Stop Double Taxation&quot; committee.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>The release from the Realtors' campaign committee:</p> <blockquote><p><b><a href="http://www.YESTOSAVEHOMES.COM">WWW.YESTOSAVEHOMES.COM</a><br /> </b><i>For Immediate Release<br /> </i><i>Tuesday, August 3, 2010</i></p> <p><b>Sponsors Committed to Giving Missourians Opportunity to Vote &ldquo;YES&rdquo; to Stop Double Taxation: Lawsuit Will Be Filed to Bring Amendment to Nov. 2 Ballot</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><i>Media Contact: Attorney Chuck Hatfield<br /> </i><i>Office: 573-636-6827<br /> </i><i>E-Mail: <a href="mailto:chatfield@stinson.com">chatfield@stinson.com</a></i></p> <p>(<i>Jefferson City, Mo.</i>) &ndash; Sponsors of a proposed state constitutional amendment to protect Missourians from double taxation on real estate are committed to giving citizens a vote, and will file a lawsuit to get the proposal on the November 2 General Election ballot.</p> <p>The Missouri Secretary of State&rsquo;s Office announced its conclusion that the Vote &ldquo;YES&rdquo; To Stop Double Taxation amendment did not receive enough signatures of registered voters to qualify for the ballot. However, the Vote &ldquo;YES&rdquo; To Stop Double Taxation Committee believes there were adequate signatures on thousands of petitions submitted in May from across six of the state&rsquo;s nine congressional districts. Our campaign&rsquo;s own analysis shows validation rates around 80 percent in some congressional districts, and in some counties better than 90 percent.</p> <p>The Vote &ldquo;YES&rdquo; To Stop Double Taxation Committee has already launched its own recount of signatures to double-check the reviews of scores of local election authorities. Additionally, the committee is filing a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court, asking that the petition signatures be declared sufficient.&nbsp; The lawsuit will ask the court to review the signature count conducted by local election authorities and the Secretary of State.</p> <p>The suit will also ask the court to count signatures rejected by the Secretary of State due to petition circulators not being registered with the state. Missouri law allows the court to place the measure on the November ballot if the court determines enough signatures were obtained.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the large volume of thousands of signatures of supportive voters and the deadline pressure scores of local election authorities faced to check the signatures, there will inevitably be mistakes, and we believe mistakes happened,&rdquo; said Chuck Hatfield, attorney for the Vote &ldquo;YES&rdquo; To Stop Double Taxation Committee. Hatfield added that in past initiative petition campaigns, the Missouri Supreme Court affirmed voter signatures that had not been properly counted and subsequently ordered measures onto the statewide ballot, allowing voters to have their say.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We owe it to the tens of thousands of Missouri voters who signed the petitions and worked hard on the issue&rsquo;s behalf to go out and review the signatures and correct the mistakes,&rdquo; Hatfield said. &ldquo;We are committed to putting this important question before voters, so they have a chance to protect themselves from double taxation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Transfer taxes on home sales are double taxation because Missourians already pay annual property taxes on real estate, often over many decades of ownership.&nbsp; Missouri is among just 13 states that do not impose a transfer tax on real estate sales, including all of Missouri&rsquo;s neighboring states. As state, county and city revenues decline, politicians are tempted to impose new transfer taxes - just as Missouri citizens are struggling to make it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The proposed state constitutional amendment&rsquo;s language is straightforward and simple:</p> <p><i>&ldquo;Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prevent the state, counties, and other political subdivisions from imposing any new tax, including a sales tax, on the sale or transfer of homes or any other real estate?&rdquo;</i></p> <p>The proposed amendment is sponsored by the 21,000-member Missouri Association of REALTORS&reg;, which wants to keep Missourians from being saddled with unfair double taxation that can destroy the American dream of home ownership. Learn more about the amendment at <a href="http://www.YesToSaveHomes.com">www.YesToSaveHomes.com</a></p> <p><b>###</b></p> </blockquote> David Barklage James Harris ShowMe Better Courts Tue, 03 Aug 2010 19:10:52 +0000 .Sean 12262 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com How Nervous Is Lincoln Strategy Group Right Now? http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/how-nervous-lincoln-strategy-group-right-now <p><a target="_blank" href="http://thinkprogress.org/2009/08/07/sproul-coal-fraud/"><img width="190" height="119" src="http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/lincolnstrategy.jpg" class="rightside" alt="" /></a> The <a target="_blank" href="http://thinkprogress.org/2009/08/07/sproul-coal-fraud/">notorious</a> <strong>Lincoln Strategy Group</strong> was hired to collect signatures for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/notorious-lincoln-strategy-group-hired-show-me-better-courts-realtors-gather-signatures-arou">two initiative petitions</a> in Missouri this year, and announcements regarding the valid signature totals for all petitions are expected early this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>The problems with the signatures submitted by<strong> James Harris'</strong> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/category/topics/showme-better-courts">ShowMe Better Courts</a> have been <a target="_blank" href="http://mofaircourts.com/analysis-of-signatures/">well documented</a> by the Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Action Fund (MFICAF).&nbsp; But Lincoln was also hired by the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.yestosavehomes.com/">Vote Yes To Stop Double Taxation</a> committee (i.e. <strong>David Barklage </strong>and the<strong> </strong>Missouri Association of Realtors) to collect signatures for <a target="_blank" href="http://ky3.blogspot.com/2009/11/group-ramps-up-for-ban-on-real-estate.html">their effort</a> to block the creation of a real estate transfer tax in the state. Given the firm's apparent management problems and inability to overcome the MFICAF's education campaign for the ShowMe Better Courts' initiative, it wouldn't be shocking if they also fell short for the Realtors.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>All told, Lincoln Strategy was paid $1,560,000 by ShowMe Better Courts and $589,077 by Vote Yes To Stop Double Taxation.</p> <p>Stay tuned...</p> Lincoln Strategy Group ShowMe Better Courts Mon, 02 Aug 2010 16:26:17 +0000 .Sean 12247 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Long Career In Washington Adversely Impacts Blunt's Memory of SOS Operations http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/long-career-washington-negatively-impacts-blunts-memory-sos-operations <div class="rightbox"><img width="240" height="224" alt="" src="http://www.royblunt.com/userfiles/SecStateCampaign3.jpg" class="noside" />Roy Blunt, back when he lived in Missouri</div> <p>Twenty-five years ago, <strong>Roy Blunt</strong> was elected to be Missouri's Secretary of State.&nbsp; In that capacity, he oversaw things like initiative petitions and elections, just like the people who served before and after him in that role.&nbsp;</p> <p>Blunt's direct knowledge of SOS operations make his campaign's latest salvo really hard to understand.&nbsp; As reported by <a href="http://www.stlbeacon.org/content/view/102965/314/" target="_blank">The Beacon</a>, Blunt's spokesman <strong>Rich Chrismer</strong> says &quot;Missourians have every right to question [<strong>Robin Carnahan's</strong>] judgment and whether she can be trusted to make an independent or impartial decision on&quot; whether or not the <strong>ShowMe Better Courts'</strong> petition should make the ballot.&nbsp; While I'm sure that buddy <strong>James Harris</strong> appreciates the attempt to divert attention away from his apparent <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/showme-big-problems" target="_blank">failure to collect enough signatures</a>, the attack is dishonest and dumb.</p> <p>As Blunt should recall, signatures are verified by local election authorities -- not partisan officials in Jefferson City. Once signatures are submitted to the SOS office, they're sent to local offices for checking.&nbsp; The SOS office will then undertake the task of adding up the numbers provided to them.&nbsp; Moreover, this whole process is done in the open -- there's not a lot of room for discretion.&nbsp; Either Harris &amp; Co. have the signatures, or they don't.&nbsp;</p> <p>I know this undercuts the Blunt campaign's entire argument, but it's how things work.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>It's possible, I suppose, that Blunt ran a shadier, more partisan operation as Secretary of State, but the record indicates that he relied on local election authorities as well.&nbsp; From an 08/25/92 story in the Post-Dispatch about that cycle's petition to create term limits for lawmakers:</p> <blockquote><p>Blunt said enough signatures&nbsp; had been <u>verified by local election officials</u> to certify the petitions for limiting state legislative terms...&nbsp; Frank Ybarra, a spokesman for Blunt's office, said <u>local election authorities checking the petition signatures</u> had no mechanism for verifying whether a circulator was registered to vote in another county.</p> </blockquote> <p>Stupid facts.&nbsp; Always getting in the way of stupid campaign attacks.</p> James Harris Rich Chrismer Roy Blunt ShowMe Better Courts Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:52:52 +0000 .Sean 11898 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com ShowMe Big Problems http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/showme-big-problems <p><a target="_blank" href="http://mofaircourts.com/analysis-of-signatures/"><img width="240" height="240" align="right" alt="" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3337/4642735198_2175bca8ea_m.jpg" /></a><a target="_blank" href="http://mofaircourts.com/analysis-of-signatures/">Ruh-ro, Shaggy</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; The <strong>Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Action Fund</strong> (the campaign fighting <strong>ShowMe Better Courts'</strong> ballot initiative) says <strong>James Harris'</strong> signature gathering effort has come up <a target="_blank" href="http://mofaircourts.com/analysis-of-signatures/">woefully short</a> in Congressional Districts 5, 7 and 9.&nbsp;</p> <p>Translation: <a target="_blank" href="http://mofaircourts.com/analysis-of-signatures/">The initiative won't make it on the ballot</a>.</p> <p>UPDATE: A statement James Harris provided to The&nbsp;Star suggests that Harris may pin the blame on<a href="http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/22458" target="_blank"> &quot;petition company reports.&quot;&nbsp;</a></p> <p>UPDATE&nbsp;#2:&nbsp;The Beacon reports that Harris and&nbsp;ShowMe Better&nbsp;Courts are conducting their <a href="http://www.stlbeacon.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=102677&amp;Itemid=314&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+StLouisBeacon+%28St.+Louis+Beacon%29&amp;utm_content=Google+Reader">&quot;own analysis of the turned-in signatures, despite the assurances from the signature-collection firm,&quot;&nbsp;</a>and says he will try again in 2012 if they have indeed failed to qualify. </p> <p>The Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Action Fund explains its analysis <a target="_blank" href="http://mofaircourts.com/analysis-of-signatures/">here</a>.</p> <blockquote><p>Below are the results of the analysis conducted by Missourians for Fair and Impartial Action Fund. To qualify a proposed constitutional amendment for the ballot, proponents must collect signatures equaling 8% of the number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election in at least six of nine Congressional Districts. Importantly, this analysis is based on raw signature counts, and makes the impossible assumption that ALL signatures are valid.</p> <p><a href="http://mofaircourts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/CB-signature-analysis.png"><img width="480" height="128" src="http://mofaircourts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/CB-signature-analysis.png" title="CB signature analysis" class="noside" alt="" /></a></p> <p>As the numbers above clearly show, ShowMe Better Courts did not attempt to collect signatures in the 4th, 6th or 8th Congressional Districts. To qualify, they must qualify in each of the other six districts. Failure to reach the 8% level in any one of those district would disqualify the proposed amendment.</p> <p>Key findings:</p> <p><strong>4th CD:</strong> Did not collect</p> <p><strong>5th CD:</strong> Assuming that all of their signatures are valid, and assuming that all signatures from Jackson and Cass counties (which are both split between the 5th and the 4th CDs) are valid in the 5th CD,&nbsp; ShowMe Better Courts must have a 97% validity rate in order to meet the threshold, which would be unprecedented.</p> <p><strong>6th CD: </strong>Did not collect</p> <p><strong>7th CD:</strong> Even if all of their signatures are valid, ShowMe Better Courts missed the mark by 13%, even if we assume that 100% of signatures collected in Polk (which is split between the 7th CD and the 4th CD) and Taney counties (which is split between the 7th and the 8th CD) are assumed to come from 7th CD residents.</p> <p><strong>8th CD: </strong>Did not collect</p> <p><strong>9th CD:</strong> Even assuming every signature collected is valid, based on a sample of over 20% of signatures gathered in St. Charles County (which is split between the 2nd and 9th CDs), which shows that only 11.6% of the signatures are from residents of the 9th CD, ShowMe Better Courts missed the goal in the 9th CD by 9%. Importantly, even if 20% of the signatures in St. Charles county were from residents of the 9th CD, ShowMe Better Courts would still miss the goal.</p> <p>ShowMe Better Courts therefore likely missed the necessary signature threshold in 6 of 9 congressional districts. The verdict is out in the 2nd Congressional District.</p> <p>Remember, this analysis assumes that 100% of the signatures are valid, which is simply impossible.</p> <p>For the purposes of transparency, you may review actual signatures collected in each of Missouri&rsquo;s counties by clicking <a href="http://mofaircourts.com/petitionanalysis/">here</a>.</p> </blockquote> <p>More over at <a target="_blank" href="http://interact.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2010/05/opponents-signatures-for-anti-missouri-plan-initiative-fall-short/">StLToday.com</a></p> Ballot Initiatives James Harris ShowMe Better Courts Wed, 26 May 2010 18:34:42 +0000 .Sean 11792 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Cooper Back In The Mix? http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/cooper-back-mix <p><img width="250" height="221" class="leftside" alt="" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3454/3312587814_88b871d54a_o.jpg" /> There are a few things to digest in a <a target="_blank" href="http://interact.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2010/05/anti-missouri-plan-petition-carriers-claim-they-havent-been-paid/">new post</a> from the Post-Dispatch's Tony Messenger about ShowMe Better Courts' inability or refusal to pay their petition gatherers in a timely manner.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps the most interesting nugget to long-time Fired Up! readers is the public reappearance of <a target="_blank" href="http://interact.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2010/05/anti-missouri-plan-petition-carriers-claim-they-havent-been-paid/">convicted felon <strong>Nathan Cooper</strong></a> in the GOP mix. As you may know, Cooper was sentenced to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.semissourian.com/story/1296662.html">15 months in federal prison</a> in December 2007 for <a target="_blank" href="http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2007/12/10/daily16.html">immigration fraud</a>.</p> <p>According to one of the aggrieved workers, Cooper was working with another Republican operative for the effort to gut the state's nonpartisan judicial selection process. <strong>James Harris</strong>, who runs ShowMe Better Courts, would only state that Cooper has &ldquo;no official role&rdquo; in his organization.&nbsp;</p> <p>It seems like a person might not want a convicted felon anywhere near a hot-button initiative petition campaign.&nbsp; But what do I know?</p> James Harris Nathan Cooper ShowMe Better Courts Mon, 10 May 2010 19:16:54 +0000 .Sean 11649 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Meet Mark Jacoby http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/meet-mark-jacoby <div class="rightside"><object width="290" height="240"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9EqW2Gyyhqw&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;&amp;hl=en" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9EqW2Gyyhqw&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;&amp;hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="290" height="240"></embed></object></div> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://mofaircourts.com/"><strong>Missourians for Fair &amp; Impartial Courts</strong></a> has released a new web video challenging <a target="_blank" href="http://www.showmebettercourts.com/"><strong>ShowMe Better Courts</strong></a> for their reliance on the notorious <strong>Mark Jacoby</strong> to collect signatures for their ballot initiative.&nbsp; ShowMe Better Courts, led by GOP operative <strong>James Harris</strong> and funded by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/1046D126C0CE26F986257705000719C2?OpenDocument">right-wing donors</a> who want more radical judges in the state, are pushing an initiative that would allow for call for partisan judicial elections.</p> <p>A source on the ground reports that Jacoby is coordinating a significant portion of the ShowMe Better Courts' signature gathering effort, and expects a sizable (six figure) bonus if the courts petition qualifies for the ballot. &nbsp;Corporate records also connect Jacoby to at least one company publicly advertising its work in the state.</p> <ul> <li>A company called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.employmentguide.com/jobdetails.html?jobid=5961836&amp;zmc=Indeedsp"><strong>Star Petition Group</strong></a> has been advertising petition canvasser jobs around the state. See archived job postings <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/firedupmissouri/4535802858/">here</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/firedupmissouri/4535802768/">here</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/firedupmissouri/4535802688/">here</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/firedupmissouri/4535802620/">here</a>.</li> <li>Those advertisements include <a target="_blank" href="http://www.indeed.com/job/Petition-Canvasser-at-Star-Petition-Group-in-Columbia,-MO-0157c2ba6e4e353e">messages like this</a>: &quot;We are currently working on 2 issues for the November ballot. The first issue is to prevent the state from adding any new sales taxes to the sale or transfer of homes. The second one is to change the way that judges are elected in the state of Missouri.&quot;</li> <li>According to Nexis and corporate registration records, Star Petition Group and Jacoby's <strong>YPM, LLC</strong> share Box #324 at a <a target="_blank" href="http://tampabay.citysearch.com/profile/map/2841756/dunedin_fl/mail_boxes_etc.html">Mailboxes, Etc.</a> store in Dunedin, Florida.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/meet-mark-jacoby#sourcing">See source documents below</a>.</li> </ul> <!--break--> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.stopballotfraud.org/merchant/mark_jacoby"><img align="right" class="rightside" alt="" src="http://www.stopballotfraud.org/page/-/fraudbusters/images/MarkAnthonyJacoby.jpg" /></a> Jacoby -- the owner of a consulting firm called <strong>Young Political Majors</strong>, or <strong>YPM, LLC</strong> -- <a target="_blank" href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/06/owner-of-registration-company-pleads-guilty-to-voter-fraud.html">pleaded guilty last summer to voter-registration fraud</a> in California.&nbsp; And even before his arrest, he'd developed quite a reputation among initiative petition consultants.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://people.bakersfield.com/home/Blog/editorials/36088">The Bakersfield Californian</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Mark Jacoby, who owns a company the California Republican Party hired to register thousands of voters this year, was recently arrested in Southern California on suspicion of voter registration fraud. Jacoby, who allegedly falsified his own voter registration affidavit, was already a source of controversy at the time of his arrest.</p> <p><strong>Dozens of voters have claimed they were duped into registering as Republicans by workers from Jacoby&rsquo;s firm, which is paid $7 to $12 for every Californian it registers for the GOP. In some cases Jacoby&rsquo;s employees told voters they were signing a petition calling for tougher penalties against child molesters when, in fact, they were unknowingly changing their party affiliation.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>And the <a target="_blank" href="http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/20/local/me-fraud20">Los Angeles Times</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>After complaints by voters and Democratic Party officials, several agencies launched investigations into Jacoby's activities. They included the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which issued the warrant for his arrest earlier this month on felony charges of voter registration fraud and perjury.</p> <p>&quot;We contacted people at the addresses where he registered, and they have no idea who he is,&quot; said Dave Demerjian, head deputy of the public integrity unit at the L.A. County district attorney's office.</p> <p>Goldfine said his client does business in many states, traveling frequently, and his permanent address has been his parents' Los Angeles County home, where he received mail and registered to vote.</p> <p>Demerjian said his office is continuing to investigate allegations that YPM workers improperly re-registered voters with the GOP.</p> <p>Several dozen voters recently told The Times that YPM workers said they had to become Republicans to sign the petition, contrary to California initiative law. Other voters said they had no idea their registration was being changed.</p> <p><strong>YPM has been accused of using bait-and-switch tactics across the country. Election officials and lawmakers have launched investigations into the activities of YPM workers in Florida and Massachusetts. In Arizona, the firm was recently a defendant in a civil rights lawsuit.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) has <a target="_blank" href="http://www.stopballotfraud.org/merchant/mark_jacoby">more</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Allegations of fraud have followed YPM and Jacoby from Florida and Maine to Arizona and California. The accusations include lying to voters, falsifying voter registration forms, and never turning in petition signatures or voter registration forms as required by law. One of Jacoby&rsquo;s own former circulators said Jacoby and YPM &ldquo;<a href="http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2008-08-21/news/citizen-initiatives-have-been-kicked-off-the-ballot-this-year-in-record-number-and-the-problems-could-go-much-deeper-than-invalid-signatures/1">encouraged, and even expected, behavior that could well be criminal&hellip;</a>&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>2009<br /> </strong>Mark Jacoby <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/06/owner-of-registration-company-pleads-guilty-to-voter-fraud.html">pleads guilty</a> to voter-registration fraud.</p> <p><strong>2008<br /> </strong>On Oct. 20th, 2008, Mark Jacoby was arrested for allegedly falsifying his voter registration for the purpose of circulating petitions in California.</p> <p>Also in 2008, Jacoby and YPM were hired as a subcontractor for <a href="http://www.stopballotfraud.org/merchant/ward_connerly">Ward Connerly&rsquo;s</a> &ldquo;Arizona Civil Rights Initiative,&rdquo; in addition to several others circulating in the state. The result was an &ldquo;unprecedented&rdquo; number of initiatives removed from the ballot for invalid signatures. Connerly had over 130,000 signatures thrown out by the Secretary of State. The widespread irregularities found by state and local officials in the signatures Connerly turned in forced his initiative to be <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2008/08/21/20080821ballot2.html">stripped from the ballot</a>. On top of the signatures that were thrown out, an additional <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/19/affirmative-action-ban-li_n_119831.html">100,000 fraudulent or suspicious signatures</a> were turned in by Connerly to Arizona's secretary of state.</p> <p><strong>2005<br /> </strong>A petition circulator alleges that Mark Jacoby personally trained her to conduct bait and switch tactics while YPM was subcontracting for <a href="http://www.stopballotfraud.org/merchant/arno_political_consultants">ARNO Political Consultants</a> on an effort to ban marriage equality in Massachusetts.</p> <p><strong>2004<br /> </strong>In 2004, YPM worked as a subcontractor for <a href="http://www.stopballotfraud.org/merchant/arno_political_consultants">ARNO Political Consultants</a>registering Republican voters in Florida. While there, YPM was accused of falsely changing the party affiliation of as many as 4000 students at state universities.</p> <p>Jacoby incorporated Young Political Majors (YPM) in Florida in 2004.</p> </blockquote> <p>Jacoby was also the subject of a Keith Olbermann piece in 2008, along with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/notorious-lincoln-strategy-group-hired-show-me-better-courts-realtors-gather-signatures-arou"><strong>Lincoln Strategy Group</strong></a> --&nbsp; a firm that appears directly on the Missouri Ethics Commission filings of the ShowMe Better Courts and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/notorious-lincoln-strategy-group-hired-show-me-better-courts-realtors-gather-signatures-arou">Vote Yes to Stop Double Taxation</a> committees.&nbsp; The petitions circulated by these two organizations are <a target="_blank" href="http://www.indeed.com/job/Petition-Canvasser-at-Star-Petition-Group-in-Columbia,-MO-0157c2ba6e4e353e">the same described in Star Petition Group's job postings</a>.</p> <object class="notside" width="425" height="355"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tDycbADTIC4&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;fs=1&amp;hl=en" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/tDycbADTIC4&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;fs=1&amp;hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="355"></embed></object> <p><a name="sourcing"></a></p> <p>----------------------</p> <p>Star Petition Group, LLC registration information with the California Secretary of State</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/firedupmissouri/4538596134/sizes/o/in/photostream/"><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4537969199_879871e33e.jpg" /></a></p> <p>----------------------</p> <p>YPM, LLC registration document filed with the Florida Secretary of State in January 2010:</p> <p>&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/30242305/Ypm-Llc-Florida-Reinstatement"><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4538596212_453998fce8.jpg" /></a></p> <p>----------------------</p> <p>A Nexis business registration search confirms that Jacoby is using Box 324 -- this fact isn't clear on the Florida SOS document.</p> <p><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4031/4538615472_8065e96e40.jpg" /></p> <p>----------------------</p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> <p>Mugshot image credit: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.stopballotfraud.org/merchant/mark_jacoby">StopBallotFraud.org</a></p> </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> James Harris ShowMe Better Courts Vote Yes to Stop Double Taxation voter fraud Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:48:21 +0000 .Sean 11492 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Defending Freedom With Frivolous Lawsuits http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/defending-freedom-frivolous-lawsuits <p><img width="320" height="240" class="rightside" alt="" src="http://bartsblackboard.com/files/2010/01/the_simpsons.10x02.the_wizard_of_evergreen_terrace.jpg" /></p> <p>At what point will politicians who claim to care about small government, protecting taxpayers and tort reform realize that filing a bunch of frivolous lawsuits isn't helping their case?&nbsp;</p> <p>Last week, GOP operative <strong>James Harris </strong>and <strong>Show Me Better Courts </strong>filed a <a target="_blank" href="http://interact.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2010/04/judge-drops-temporary-restraining-order-against-political-committee/">frivolous request</a> for a restraining order to aide their signature gathering efforts and garner a little press on campaign finance report filing day. Harris &amp; Co. obtained a temporary restraining order Thursday, but it was <a target="_blank" href="http://interact.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2010/04/judge-drops-temporary-restraining-order-against-political-committee/">dropped Friday</a> <strike>because they had no evidence to back up their claims</strike>. (Patrick at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/apr/17/restraining-order-dissolved-missouri-judicial-disp/">Missouri Record</a> echoes <a target="_blank" href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/apr/17/restraining-order-dissolved-missouri-judicial-disp/">Harris' statement</a> that the TRO was dissolved for technical reasons. I regret the error.)</p> <p>Also last week, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-fox-files-license-officer-041310,0,7448234.story">FOX2</a> ran a story about the silly lawsuit filed by Blunt fee agent <strong>Buddy Hardin</strong> to block a contract awarded in O'Fallon through the state's new fee office bidding system.&nbsp; A reasonable person might be dissuaded from filing a lawsuit like this if their bid came in <em>third place</em> -- but not Buddy.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Peter Kinder </strong>can't wait to file suit against the new federal health care law.&nbsp; Never mind that he all but acknowledged that the Florida Attorney General's lawsuit will not succeed -- he's making <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/kinder-finds-time-busy-schedule-second-fox-news-interview-about-prospective-lawsuit">&quot;a tough sell&quot;</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/kinder-finds-time-busy-schedule-second-fox-news-interview-about-prospective-lawsuit">&quot;the odds may be long&quot;</a> he told a Fox radio audience. Kinder wanted to join this doomed suit, but now that he can't, he's raising secret donations to file his own.&nbsp; In this alternate challenge, Kinder promises <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/kinder-promises-unique-legal-constitutional-claims-his-lawsuit">&quot;unique legal constitutional claims&quot; </a>(read: written for right-wing consumption, not for success in a court of law).</p> <p>Then there's <strong>Ed Martin</strong>, who infamously told a friendly audience last year that he and the <strong>Missouri Roundtable for Life</strong> were suing the Secretary of State, Attorney General and Auditor <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/ed-martin-carnahan-devil-and-my-lawsuit-just-nuisance">to be a &quot;nuisance.&quot;</a>&nbsp; Yes -- he said out loud that he was wasting <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/flashback-if-youre-confused-thats-my-intent">(more)</a> taxpayer resources so that he could be a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/ed-martin-carnahan-devil-and-my-lawsuit-just-nuisance">&quot;nuisance.&quot;</a>&nbsp; Accordingly, a judge <a target="_blank" href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155164.php">threw out</a> Martin's case with the following statement:</p> <blockquote><p>Plaintiffs' arguments of conspiracy and constitutional violations fail as a matter of law, are without merit, and rise to the level of being frivolous.</p> </blockquote> <p>Did this shame Martin and the Roundtable enough to go home?&nbsp; Heck no -- they <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/no-chance-roundtables-new-lawsuit-frivolous-nuisance-suit-their-last-one">filed an appeal</a> in federal court, wasting even more taxpayer money.&nbsp;</p> <p>And all the while, Republicans are banging the drum of tort reform, upset with lawsuits filed people who are hurt in accidents or harmed by medical malpractice.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's almost as though these Republican leaders have one set of rules for others, and another set of standards for themselves.</p> Buddy Hardin Ed Martin GOP Hypocrisy James Harris Missouri Roundtable for Life Peter Kinder ShowMe Better Courts Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:18:49 +0000 .Sean 11477 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Politicizing The Courts An "Outrageously, Irredeemably Bad" Idea http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/ballot-initiative-overhaul-courts-plan-outrageously-irredeemably-bad-idea <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2009/11/05/missouri-plan-judges-worth-protecting/">The Missourian's George Kennedy skewers the right-wing efforts to gut the state's nonpartisan judicial selection process: </a></p> <blockquote><p>Some ideas are so outrageously, irredeemably bad that you just know they won&rsquo;t go away. One of the worst is the recurring effort to destroy Missouri&rsquo;s non-partisan plan for picking judges.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><p>Its latest eruption was the little-noticed filing of an initiative petition that would replace that 70-year-old system with direct election of all judges. Another petition, previously submitted to the secretary of state's office by the same front man, would give the governor the power of direct appointment.</p> <p>Why would anybody want to dump a system that is admired and copied nationally, and that has functioned without scandal since it was introduced in 1940? In two words: ideology and money.</p> </blockquote> Partisan Courts ShowMe Better Courts Special Interests Thu, 05 Nov 2009 20:16:14 +0000 .Sean 10046 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com This Makes Perfect Sense http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/makes-perfect-sense <p><a href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2009/nov/02/missouris-judges-should-be-elected/"><strong>Politics should not play a role in Missouri's judicial selection process</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;--&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2009/10/anti-missouri-plan-group-now-seeks-direct-election-of-judges/"><strong>partisan elections should</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p>So wrote <a href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2009/nov/02/missouris-judges-should-be-elected/">Ernie Lee</a> in the Columbia Daily Tribune yesterday.</p> <p>In completely unrelated news, <a href="http://www.mec.mo.gov/EthicsWeb/CampaignFinance/CF_CommInfo.aspx?MECID=C091145&amp;Year=2009">Ernie Lee is&nbsp;<strong>Peter Kin</strong><strong>der's campaign treasurer</strong>,</a>&nbsp;and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mec.mo.gov/EthicsWeb/CampaignFinance/CF_SearchResults.aspx?Year=2009&amp;Report=0&amp;Type=0&amp;CD1Type=All&amp;CD3Type=All&amp;Name=humphrey&amp;City=&amp;EmpOcc=&amp;AmtBeg=&amp;AmtEnd=&amp;MECID=&amp;ComName=kinder"><strong>Peter Kinder received a $50,000 check from David Humphreys</strong><strong> last quarter.</strong></a></p> <p>In October, <a href="http://lakeexpo.com/articles/2009/10/18/top_news/15.txt">the Star reported that some lawmakers were &quot;stunned&quot; earlier by the Humphreys family donations connected to this years' legislative efforts to gut the state's nonpartisan courts plan.</a></p> <!--break--> <p>FBI spokespeople could neither confirm nor deny whether they are investigating&nbsp;the connection.</p> Government For Sale--Special Interests Partisan Courts Peter Kinder ShowMe Better Courts Special Interests Tue, 03 Nov 2009 22:05:36 +0000 .Sean 10023 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com